How to Decorate with Pastels

Where once pastels were resigned to annual Spring trends, there are now seen as classics that can be used all year round. Easy to live with and having the ability to instantly create a bright and airy vibe to any space, pastels are a great choice for decorating no matter what your style.

From lilacs to mint and millennial pink to sky blue, here are our top tips for getting creative with pastel shades.

Go Big or Go Home

pastel pink bathroom by 2LG

Source: 2LG Studio

Sometimes all it takes is a bold choice to create the ultimate wow factor. In the heavenly pink bathroom above, 2LG Studio stuck to a simple formula – go for impact with a strong colour used all over. Simple square tiles are elevated by their use from floor to ceiling with chrome hardware and white fixtures. This monochrome look is brave, but the risk pays off.

Create a Feature

domino kip and co lilac wall

Source: Design by Kip&Co via Domino Magazine / Photo by Nikole Ramsay

With Pantone announcing its Colour of the Year as a bold purple called Ultraviolet, we’ll be seeing more shades of purples and mauves than we’ve witnessed since the 1980’s. This lilac feature wall featured in Domino, is a great way to make an impact in an easier-to-live-with shade and draws the eye to the vintage artwork. When using pastels, consider mixing them with natural wood and textures to warm them up.

Embrace Small Spaces

pastel peach stairs

Source: Design by Natalie Jacob of Arsenic Lace / Photo by Thaddeus Rombauer

So many times, we end up neglecting the smaller spaces in our homes in favour of the areas we spend the most time in. Not so in this budget-friendly makeover by Natalie Jacobs where the pastel peach ombre stairs become a feature for a neglected hallway. Using pastels in smaller spaces (as evidenced in the bathroom above as well) can be a great way to visually expand a bijou space and add additional light.

Contrast Pastels with Darker Tones

pastel pinks with dark furniture in french farmhouse collection

Source: Oak Furniture Land

Make like a decorating Jedi by using light and dark in your spaces, contrasting pale pastels with rustic wood tones and earthy colours. In the bedroom above featuring our French Farmhouse bedroom furniture, our stylist created the perfect balance with richly stained wood furniture and darker textiles alongside soft pink bedding for the perfect mix.

Get Creative with Paint Effects

pastel blue kitchen by 2LG studios

Source: 2LG Studio

We are back again looking at another project by 2LG Studios who have once again embraced pastels in this gorgeous kitchen. With cabinets in a pale sky blue, they’ve chosen to take the colour on to an adjoining wall and carried it through to the open shelving. This clever tactic visually fools the eye into thinking the kitchen is bigger than it is whilst providing some symmetry with the tall cabinets on the opposite side.

How will you be using pastels in your home this year? We’d love to see! Share your spaces with us on Facebook or show us on Instagram or Twitter using #oakfurnitureland.

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